Barons acquire young defenceman McCann from Calgary for Dawes, futures

FORT McMURRAY, AB (August 27, 2014) – The Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League are pleased to announce the acquisition of 1997-born defenceman Andrew McCann (Calgary, AB) from the Calgary Canucks.

In exchange, the Oil Barons send the rights to 1994-born forward Hayden Dawes (Stony Plain, AB), and future considerations, to the Canucks.

“We’re excited to add a young guy like Andrew,” said Oil Barons general manager and head coach Curtis Hunt. “He skates very well from the back end, had good numbers as a 16-year old, and bringing him in will certainly add to our depth.”

McCann, a 6’0”, 163-pound defenceman, played 38 games for the Canucks in his first year of Junior A hockey last season, registering 6 goals and 5 assists in 38 games, alongside 50 penalty minutes.

Despite his limited playing time, McCann was the team’s third highest-scoring defenceman and 11th-highest scoring player overall.

“We believe Andrew will help to create better competition within the group of players we have, and we’re very excited to get him,” Hunt added.

McCann is a graduate of the Calgary Royals minor hockey system, where he scored 16 points in just 29 games in his minor midget season in 2012-13.

He is expected to join the Oil Barons prior to the team’s three-game pre-season tournament in Okotoks this weekend.

The Barons open that tournament with a 7:45 game against the Okotoks Oilers at the Pason Arena tomorrow night.